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Washington's Cascade Loop Scenic Driving Tour


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Fun Things to Do in Methow Valley
View from Sun Mountain Lodge

View from Sun Mountain Lodge

©Angela M. Brown 2008

As you follow Highway 153 and then Highway 20, you'll wind through the scenic Methow Valley, passing through the towns of Pateros, Twisp, Winthrop, and Mazama.

Activities and Attractions in Methow Valley:

  • Hiking
    The Methow Valley is home to some great hiking trails. Popular hikes include Goat Peak and Rainy Lake. Trails are also available for biking and horseback riding. You can find Methow Valley trail maps on the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association web site.
  • Hot Air Ballooning
    Experience a truly incredible view of Methow Valley and the surrounding hills and mountains. Morning Glory Balloon Tours offers morning balloon rides followed by a light gourmet picnic.
  • Shopping in Winthrop
    The Old-West-themed town of Winthrop offers surprisingly good shopping. Many artists make their home in the Methow Valley; you can view and purchase their work in local galleries.
  • Snow Sports
    With over 120 miles of groomed trails, the Methow Valley is a wonderland for cross-country ski enthusiasts

Food in Methow Valley:

  • Sun Mountain Lodge Dining Room
    Not only will you enjoy a fabulous view of Methow Valley and the North Cascades, you'll experience excellent food and service at this highly-acclaimed restaurant.
  • Twisp River Pub
    Home of Methow Valley Brewing Company, this fun pub serves great food with a variety of ethnic influences.
  • Duck Brand Cantina
    This Winthrop hangout offers burgers, salads, Mexican food, and a full bar.

Lodging in Methow Valley:

  • Sun Mountain Lodge
    This destination resort has everything you might want for a truly memorable getaway. The rooms are elegant, yet comfortable, with magnificent views. On-site services and amenities include a spa, a bar and grill, special event space, outdoor pools, tennis courts, a network of hiking and biking trails, and more.
  • Chewuch Inn & Cabins
    Located within walking distance of Winthrop's frontier-themed shopping district, this unassuming bed and breakfast provides modern, high quality accommodations. Guests can choose from rooms in the inn or cabins. All have kitchenettes with microwaves, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. Breakfast is served buffet-style in the rustic breakfast room and includes a delicious assortment of hot and cold items.

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